July 6

As far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

Where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. Romans 5:20.

On a special anniversary, my husband and I decided to splurge and go to a pricey restaurant for dinner.  Our waitress asked if we were celebrating and we told her of the number of our years together.  Our dessert was fancy and had a sparkler in it. A gentleman across the room, dining with his wife and friends, asked the waitress what we were celebrating.  When we had finished eating, the waitress came and told us that we had no bill, the gentleman across the room had paid for our dinner!

What a grace filled moment for us.  And for that man, I hope.  What his motivation was is a mystery.  But I think maybe God had a hand in it.

That story is a dramatic example of someone bestowing grace on others.  (We did not earn this gift).  But grace abounds in many stories if we but open our eyes and our hearts and pay attention.  The present pandemic has brought us many stories of people showing grace to others.  Although I cannot thank God for this frightening, killer virus, I praise him for the love he has put into people’s hearts and minds enabling them to do remarkable and loving things.

We live in community made up of many selves.  It is in that community where we can lose ourselves and love our neighbors.  It’s not that easy to do but we are called to do it.  And in doing it, we find our true selves.

Don and I plan to “pay it forward”.  I pray that when we do, that person or persons feels as blessed as we do.

Good and gracious God, give us eyes to see where grace abounds in our lives and in the whole world.  Thank you.  Amen
Joan Perlich